Jaden Shackelford, G/F, OKC Blue
The NBA's currency is shooting, being able to space the floor and drain triples will always be in high demand in the association. Jaden Shackelford is one of the best pure shooters in the NBA G League. He has the ultimate green light from bench boss Kam Woods, and for good reason.
Already this season, Jaden Shackelford has shattered records as he tossed in eleven (11!) threes against the Memphis Hustle in the OKC Blue home opener. That set the stage for a 35 point game to push the Blue to a 2-1 record at the time.
While Shackelford has not tossed in 11 triples in a single-game again, he has remained as a steady scoring option for the OKC Blue. Through eight games, the 22-year-old Alabama product is averaging nearly 18 points, three assists, as many rebounds, and half a steal per tilt.
Jaden Shackelford can do more than just shoot the pill, but in order to gain an NBA opportunity, all teams will look at is his three-point prowess. This season, the wing sharpshooter is hitting the three-ball at a 37 percent clip.
Shackelford plays a modern NBA style, either spraying shots from beyond the arc or attacking the cup, though he only ranks as an efficient scorer from three-point land.
The selling point for Jaden Shackelford will be the value he can provide on a two-way pact. While you are not going to rely heavily on those minutes most of the time, in a pinch, what better option is there than a guy who can catch fire from three-point land and turn the game upside down?
On the defensive end, Shackelford is able to limit spot-up shooters limiting his matchup to 35 percent from the floor. His ability to switch along the perimeter and plug the lane on drives makes him a serviceable defender for what he provides on the offensive end.